June 8, 2021 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The governments of Canada and Manitoba are advising that livestock producers who have been affected by dry conditions on pasture in Manitoba can apply for funding to support water source development under Ag Action Manitoba.
Funding is provided through the Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas beneficial management practice (BMP) under Ag Action Manitoba – Assurance. Eligible items include:
- water source development – constructing new or rehabilitating existing wells or dugouts
- solar, wind or grid powered alternative watering systems
- permanent fencing to restrict livestock access to surface water and dugouts
- permanent pipeline development
Any projects for water source development occurring after April 1, 2021 are eligible. Projects will need to be assessed prior to approval, and may require additional components (e.g. fencing of the dugout, alternative watering systems, etc.) in order to meet the BMP criteria.
Applications are now being accepted, and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until September 1, 2021. Applications can include retroactive expenses incurred as of April 1, 2021. Upon project completion, applicants must submit proof of a valid Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) with their claim.